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Sport Belgium tops first FIFA rankings since pandemic shutdown

14:05  17 september  2020
14:05  17 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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ZURICH (AP) — The first FIFA men’s world rankings for five months were still led by Belgium on Thursday after the shutdown of European teams during the coronavirus pandemic ended in September.

Belgium's Dries Mertens, center right, jubilates with Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, center, left, after scoring his sides third goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Belgium and Iceland, at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © Provided by Associated Press Belgium's Dries Mertens, center right, jubilates with Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne, center, left, after scoring his sides third goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Belgium and Iceland, at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Belgium leads an unchanged top four nations from 2018 World Cup winner France, Brazil -- which has yet to play in 2020 -- and England.

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Portugal, the reigning European and UEFA Nations League champion, rose two places to No. 5.

Rankings after the November international break will decide seedings when FIFA draws the European qualifying groups for the 2022 World Cup in early December.

The 10 highest-ranked European teams will be top-seeded in groups where only the winner will advance directly to the finals tournament in Qatar. Three more teams will qualify through playoffs scheduled in March 2022.

France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates his scoring a goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Sweden and France at Friends Arena, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Christine Olsson/TT via AP) © Provided by Associated Press France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates his scoring a goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Sweden and France at Friends Arena, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. (Christine Olsson/TT via AP)

Currently, Germany is the ninth-best European ranked No. 14, and No. 15 Switzerland would take the last top-seeded place in the draw. Denmark is next at No. 16.

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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo sticks out his tongue during the Portugal against Sweden UEFA Nations League Group stage soccer match at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020. (Janerik Henriksson/TT via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo sticks out his tongue during the Portugal against Sweden UEFA Nations League Group stage soccer match at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020. (Janerik Henriksson/TT via AP)

Senegal is the top-ranked African nation at No. 20, and No. 28 Japan leads Asian confederation teams.

World Cup host Qatar is ranked No. 55.

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Despite the rising Corona numbers for the upcoming international football matches, unlike the games in September, FIFA is not planning a general waiver of the obligation to post for national players. © Ennio Leanza / KEYSTONE / dpa Despite the corona pandemic, FIFA is not planning a general lifting of the parking obligation.

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